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Celebrate Earth Day by Staying Home

April 22, 2009 by

We like Earth Day around here. We usually talk about how oDesk benefits small & medium sized businesses and remote contractors on this blog, but we feel like we’re offering something for the planet, too.  Remote workers do a lot of things, from software development to customer support, but one thing they don’t do is commute. The average solo car commuter produces more than a thousand pounds of CO2 per month.  A lot of hot air, yes, and then add in all those disposable coffee cups, heating and cooling the cubicle farms, the reams of paper, the gallons of printer toner, the cleaning agents … on and on. The environmental impact of the average office of 100 workers adds up to more than 650 tons of CO2 annually, and a lot of landfill space. Working from home doesn’t eliminate all that — you still need heat, and maybe the occasional printout. But you drink from a real mug. In general, working from home is much more efficient. You’re getting dual use out of your living space, and not sucking added resources for a sprawling office park surrounded by endless fields of obsessively striped asphalt. If being green is important to your company, then start by buying recycled-content paper towels. But take it a step further: Encourage telecommuting. Since last Earth Day, oDesk has helped 10,693 software developers from around the world work from home. In that group, Americans alone accounted for nearly 2,000 individuals, saving an estimated 600,000 gallons of gasoline. That day you were running late and couldn’t believe how light the traffic was?  That was us. Want to see what sort of impact your office can have on the environment? Use the Green Office’s calculator to tally up your environmental impact based on common office … Read Full Article

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New Ontology (Categories and Subcategories)

April 21, 2009 by

We’ve vastly improved our ontology, the way we break jobs into searchable categories. In response to user demand, we’ve combined some job categories, added others–bringing the total from 51 to 74! The biggest highlight is the addition of three new non-tech categories: Customer Service Sales & Marketing Business Services So what? Providers in these service areas can more easily find the right jobs. Buyers can craft more accurate postings that will attract exactly the professionals they need. It’s all about finding the right person for the right job. Some of you may find your jobs changing categories (don’t worry – we’ve done all the migration work!). We suggest all providers double-check their preferred profile categories. This is especially important if your skills are in any of the areas listed above, or the newly-combined Design & Multimedia category. Buyers may want to double-check open jobs to make sure there isn’t a new sub-category you’d prefer to move it into. Questions? Comments? Concerns? Please let us know what you think in the forum. Read Full Article

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7 Things Every oDesk Employer Should Know

April 21, 2009 by

We’ve been using oDesk for a while now to subcontract out programming, data entry and virtual assistance services. We’ve been pleasantly surprised with the quality of people, but it took a while for us to get into our groove and figure out how to best use oDesk to our advantage. Below are 7 steps that we’ve learned while using oDesk, should make your employer experience a lot easier and more useful. 1. Establish Clear Objectives and Talents When looking for an hourly hire, make sure you know what you’re looking for. Don’t just put up an ad for “PHP Programmer”. Instead, establish what skills you are looking for: PHP Developer with 4 Years Experience, extensive knowledge of XML and PayPal integration. Not only does this help you attract more experienced candidates, it will help you figure out what you’re looking for. 2. Keep Clear Lines of Communication Just as you want to hear from employees, they want to hear from you. Keep them informed of anticipated work, project completions, and even why you let them go. This makes it a much more beneficial experience for everyone involved. 3. Test before Hiring If you’re not sure about a potential hire, hire them first for a small fixed pay job. That way you can judge their skills without committing to a long term project. You can also limit their amount of hours initially to get an idea of a skill level. For certain jobs, like writing, you can ask for specific samples from potential hires. 4. Know the going wage I see this one a lot – You can’t hire competent programmers from North America for the same price you would someone from overseas. Cost of living and taxes just won’t tell you. So if you’re angling for the homeshoring angle, be … Read Full Article

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Buzzworthy (April 2009)

April 21, 2009 by

Each month we talk about our favorite recent blogs and message board posts about oDesk — and there are free T-shirts involved. Blogging about oDesk? Send us your link at buzz@odesk.com! (and don’t forget, when you blog about oDesk, link back to your profile — you never know when a potential buyer is reading …) Our favorite post this month is one by Arron Washington. Anyone whose blog url starts with “geek ninja” is probably worth paying attention to anyway, but the post we have in mind is where he talks about the life he’s set up with oDesk. He says he made $40,000 just through oDesk last year, and kept his work week as a coder to about 20 hours, so he could use the rest of his time to pursue his dreams of writing (and maybe make the occasional sandwich). If you check out his blog, you’ll see he’s off to a good start as a writer, too. Also creating oDesk buzz lately, Search Engine Journal’s Loren Baker talks about how to find a “rockstar” copywriter. Don’t worry, you won’t be hiring actual rock stars. Although, you know, if you could afford Keith Richards, it’d be pretty funny to see what kind of press releases he’d crank out for you. Explain SEO to him, we dare you. No — what Loren’s talking about is how to use oDesk and other resources to find top-quality remote workers. While he’s focusing on writers, much of his advice is readily adapted to hiring call-center staff, coders, personal assistants and more. We’re not endorsing all his ideas — some of which draw tons of flak in a very robust comment section—but we think there are provocative thoughts and solid advice to be mined. Read Full Article

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Round of Applause (April 2009)

April 21, 2009 by

1363 providers from 67 countries, including Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kenya and Kyrgyzstan, got their first jobs in the last month. These 1363 providers have already racked up 49552 oDesk hours and over $492,550 in just one month. Congrats to the providers who landed their first jobs in the March! Want to get in on the earning action? Get oDesk Ready, fill out your profile, and apply to job openings! … Read Full Article

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Provider Spotlight (April 2009)

April 21, 2009 by

Each month we like to highlight 4 providers who’ve received exemplary feedback. Great job Stephanie, Pavel, Nguyen and Vindhya — you’ve earned this!   Stephanie S Creative web and print graphic designer Total oDesk Hours: 249 Overall Feedback: 4.97 (Based on 12 feedbacks) Comments: Once more Steph was great to deal with and completed the poster project with great professional skill. Pavel I Highly experienced Drupal, PHP, AJAX (jQuery), MySQL web developer Total oDesk Hours: 317 Overall Feedback: 4.90 (Based on 9 feedbacks) Comments: Pavel is a highly skilled programmer who can find creative ways to resolve problems or accomplish the goal. Nguyen T FreeBSD, GNU/Linux SysAdmin, Script/Server Apps Programmer Total oDesk Hours: 1,363 Overall Feedback: 4.67 (Based on 17 feedbacks) Comments: Well once again my mind has been blown and job assignment satisfied with expert competency, attention, client consideration, and thorough completion. Vindhya R National Award Winning Innovator and Internet Researcher Total oDesk Hours: 350 Overall Feedback: 4.99 (Based on 8 feedbacks) Comments: Nice work. Timely and what I asked for. Thank you Vindhya! Spotlight Providers must have earned a 4.5+ feedback score with a glowing comment on an assignment in the past month, have a 4.0+ overall feedback score, an impressive profile, and a high quality individual portrait (not too blurry, no avatars). Only oDesk Ready public profiles are eligible. Read Full Article

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oDesk “Site of the Month” Contest – Vote Now!

April 17, 2009 by

We’re proud to announce the oDesk Site of the Month contest.  Each of the 27 websites entered in the April contest was built by oDesk providers in collaboration with their oDesk buyers. Every day, we have the privilege of bringing remote workers together to collaborate on oDesk, and seeing amazing products come out of it.  We’re looking forward to  showcasing the web development talent of our community and honoring some of the best work done through oDesk. Winners will be chosen entirely by community voting.  The grand prize winner, or Site of the Month, will be announced on May 1.  The owner of the site will win a $1,000 oDesk credit, an iPhone, and a spot in our Site of the Month gallery.  Runners-up will get oDesk t-shirts. Was your website built on oDesk?  Submit it to our next contest. Read Full Article

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America’s Workforce Adapts: What Outsourced Jobs Do We Want Back?

April 16, 2009 by

Asked when Americans could expect jobs outsourced to other countries to return, President Obama replied, “Not all of these jobs are going to come back … And it probably wouldn’t be good for our economy for a bunch of these jobs to come back because, frankly, there’s no way that people could be getting paid a living wage on some of these jobs — at least in order to be competitive in an international setting.” If you view the world economy as a zero-sum game, this is grim news — if each nation’s economy is a bucket of water, and you only fill one by emptying another, we seem to be running dry pretty fast. Fortunately, it doesn’t really work that way. Sometimes jobs slosh out of one bucket into another, but other times, to totally belabor a metaphor, some entrepreneurial genius adds fresh water to several buckets at once.  We may not yet be at the next wave of entrepreneurship (but remember, both Apple and Microsoft were launched in the wake of the ’70s oil crisis), but even as waves of layoffs make national headlines, jobs are sloshing back into our bucket as companies around the world are outsourcing to United States professionals. America’s national myth is cowboys, pioneers, revolutionaries — not couchbound whiners.  Displaced U.S. workers are not idly waiting for their old jobs to magically return.  An oDesk survey found that of its 70,000+ U.S.-based contractors, 32 percent had taken up freelancing after recently losing a job. These Americans are adapting to today’s market needs.  For example, just 20 years ago, graphic artists and designers competed for a tiny pool of newspaper and magazine jobs. Today, those same newspapers are tottering or failing.  But the web is increasingly offering opportunities for freelance designers, … Read Full Article

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Outsourcing to the United States on the Rise

April 14, 2009 by

When Americans think of outsourcing, they typically think of U.S. work going overseas to lower-cost countries like India and Russia.  However, we’re seeing an interesting trend in small and medium sized businesses around the world increasingly turning to U.S.-based talent.  The last time we reported on this, we focused on homeshoring, or U.S.-based companies hiring U.S.-based freelancers.  Today we’re going to look at the growth in overseas companies doing the same. Last year, we saw over 300% growth in the number of assignments overseas companies outsourced to United States professionals on oDesk. Overseas companies have employed more than 700 U.S. workers since January 2008.  These jobs are coming from places as diverse as Jamaica, Egypt, Norway, and Singapore.  However, the top countries outsourcing jobs to U.S. workers were: Rank Country Rank Country 1 United Kingdom 6 Sweden 2 Canada 7 United Arab Emirates 3 Australia 8 Saudi Arabia 4 Netherlands 9 Israel 5 Spain 10 Germany Top 10 countries outsourcing work to the U.S. on oDesk The top categories of U.S. professionals being hired on oDesk are freelance web developers, virtual assistants, and freelance writers. Why are businesses choosing to outsource their jobs to U.S.-based professionals, who are more expensive than their international counterparts?  One possible explanation is that there are more U.S. providers on oDesk today, providing buyers a wider variety of U.S.-based skills and experience, than ever before. In December alone, over 20,000 new U.S. providers signed up on oDesk, the largest monthly percentage increase (over 40%) that we have seen since 2005.  Another possible reason is that U.S. providers’ average feedback score is consistently higher than the oDesk average. This is certainly an interesting trend that we intend to keep tabs on. Read Full Article

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Good Times for Freelance Writers: Job Demand Accelerates

April 8, 2009 by

It might be hard to believe, but right now is a very good time for freelance writers. In 2000, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated there were 41,410 employed writers in the USA.  That number rose to 135,246 in 2006, an increase of more than 300%.  Where is all this demand for writers coming from? It appears to be spurred by the internet.  At the time of this post, jobs listed on oDesk for blog and article writing are nearly double the number listed for the next largest category of writing jobs.  While many bemoan the death of dead-tree newspapers, in truth the internet has been a great boon for writers.  Every serious business now needs a webpage, and with the growth of social media, many are beginning to embrace blogging as well.  This means not just a one-time posting of the company’s mission statement, but frequent updates, press releases, and blog posts written in an engaging, inviting style.  The webpage that isn’t updated frequently isn’t visited.  As businesses learn to leverage social media for their marketing, the demand for writers will only grow.  This may explain why over the past year, the number of jobs posted on oDesk for writers has increased over 500%. There are currently 390 open writing jobs and 762 new jobs posted each month.  There are 19,723 freelance writers on oDesk today. The growth in jobs, however, is only part of the story.  A good blog post catches peoples’ attention and gets passed on.   Social media networks like Twitter and Digg can carry a story far beyond the original audience.  Google searches can also keep an old story alive long after it was written. To achieve those sorts of results, however, a story has to be … Read Full Article

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oDesk attends Web 2.0 Expo

April 6, 2009 by

oDesk attended Web 2.0 Expo last week for the 3rd year in a row.  This year’s event, smaller than previous years, was appropriately themed “The Power of Less.”  It was strong nonetheless, with over 8,000 attendees and keynotes from industry stalwarts like Palm, eBay, Google, and Microsoft, and up-and-coming firms like Threadless and SalaamGarage.  My personal favorite talks were John Maeda‘s on the importance of simplicity in the digital age and Blue State Digital’s inside peek at my.barackobama.com, Barack Obama’s new media juggernaut. During the conference, oDesk CEO Gary Swart demoed oDesk to InformationWeek’s David Berlind: At our exhibitor booth, the reception of oDesk’s product continues to be strong.  It was great to interact with current and prospective customers, understand their needs, and show them how they can realize the “Power of Less” using oDesk to hire, manage, and pay distributed teams of remote contractors. Read Full Article

Focus on the Problem Before Jumping to the Solution!

April 2, 2009 by

Albert Einstein once quipped that “education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.” I can recall few of the specifics that I was taught when I earned my business degree in the early 1990s, but some important concepts made a lasting impression on me. At the time, studying Japanese management techniques was all the rage, and one of the most intriguing claims I remember was that Western companies—and their managers—frequently fell into the trap of focusing on the solution instead of the problem. What does this mean? Simply that most of us in the U.S. and other Western countries tend to be in such a hurry to resolve issues that we rush into fixing a problem before we have completely analyzed it. We naturally want to deal with difficult situations as quickly as possible; it seems like a waste of time to pause to spend time reviewing the problem. But without taking that step, we can easily choose a suboptimal solution—or even worse, a solution that only addresses a symptom instead of the problem’s root cause. This danger is exacerbated when there is a discrepancy between the skill sets of the individual with the problem and the individual with the solution. Employers often turn to hiring freelancers because they need an expert to solve a particular problem, but rather than spelling out the problem and letting freelancers suggest the best solution, they put forth a proposed solution themselves. It is understandable why this happens; in most cases, the employer is (wisely) trying to be clear and specific about job requirements. But the end result this can still constrain potential proposals, and cause the employer to miss out on potentially superior ideas. One of my main lines of work is automated data extraction and processing, … Read Full Article

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Accounting Made Easy – Import oDesk Financial Data into Outright.com

March 31, 2009 by

A while ago we started to hear some positive chatter about a new service called Outright that provides a simple, online accounting web site designed specifically for entrepreneurs, self-employed individuals and very small businesses.  We checked it out and were impressed with how easy the site is to use, especially if you’ve ever found yourself scratching your head when using more complicated products. Today, we’re excited to announce a new partnership with Outright.  As a result of the partnership, you can now manage your finances quickly and easily.  Export your oDesk financial activity using the CSV download provided on your Payments > Financial Activity page and import it directly into Outright.com.  Outright will help you stay on top of your business finances and taxes (US businesses for now) with a number of useful reports, tax reminders, and estimated tax liability. Regarding pricing, Outright offers the following from their FAQ: What does it cost to use Outright? Outright is currently free to all users and will most likely remain so throughout the Beta period. However, we do plan to charge for certain features in the future. But we believe every user should be able to try the service for free. Check it out and let us know what you think. Read Full Article

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Employees vs Contractors – comparing the UPS & Fedex models

March 30, 2009 by

In the good old days, landing a job with a big, stable company and riding that horse to retirement was the way to go.  Employees’ lifelong loyalty was rewarded with generous pensions.  But that, as they say, was then and this is now.  Employee perks of the previous century, including holiday parties, company cars, and 401(k) matching are vanishing.  In fact, companies that were assumed to be unshakable and supposed to endure for generations are being absorbed and brought to their knees.  Both sides – companies and employees – have begun to question the assumptions of previous generations. One of the great things about capitalism is that it allows companies and individuals to experiment with new ways.  Take UPS and FedEx for example.  While both of their services may appear similar to the casual observer, their business models are as different as day and night.  UPS delivery personnel – the folks in the brown uniforms driving the brown trucks – are full-time employees.  The trucks they drive are provided, gassed, and serviced for them by UPS.  The drivers are unionized and their performance is carefully scrutinized by the company.  The company pays attention to every little detail of their activities to shave off even the smallest inefficiencies. FedEx drivers, on the other hand, are independent contractors.  They get no benefits, no overtime, no sick leave, and no insurance.  They pay for and maintain their own vehicles.  However, they are given independence in how they operate.  A successful independent contractor can even hire their own drivers and manage multiple routes, allowing them to grow their delivery business.  And FedEx provides very little oversight; so long as the customers are happy, FedEx is happy. FedEx is neither a young company nor a small one, but it has embraced a new model of … Read Full Article

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oDesk & Assembla Accelerate Distributed Development

March 27, 2009 by

As anyone who manages a large distributed team will tell you, the complexities of managing and paying  your team grow with the team’s size.  Teams building more sophisticated software have needs particular to software development including things like how you protect and manage your source code and how you track tickets and bugs.  These tools are critical to successful larger software development efforts. oDesk is proud to offer integrated Bugzilla and SVN repositories with every Team Room, but we know that some oDesk buyers and provider companies want more control over their repositories and may prefer other tools.  To help satisfy some of this demand and give those of you that want more options, we’re excited to announce today that we’ve partnered with Assembla.  Assembla offers Subversion and Git code repositories enhanced with an integrated code browser, “view as web page” mockup rendering, email alerts, and fine-grain permissions through a Teams panel.  Assembla itself is the product of a distributed team and their suite of tools enables of lot of software development best-practices that we think are important to long-term success. As part of the partnership, Assembla is incorporating oDesk provider search into their application, so we’d also like to welcome Assembla users to oDesk! … Read Full Article

5 Annoying Things Freelancers Do to Destroy their Business

March 25, 2009 by

I have been working with freelancers throughout my career and recently, thanks to services like oDesk, I find myself doing it more often.  So you might think that I am happy with what I get, at least in general.  Well, one of the reasons I continue to stay engaged is my high tolerance for pain – I am prepared to go through piles of hay to find that needle.  And I have to tell you, looking for freelancers is very much like digging for gold – you literally have to go through tons of dirt to find it. Interestingly enough many freelancers who have skills, knowledge and maybe even talent often torpedo themselves, aggressively sabotage their chances of getting customers right in the begging of the process.  They make simple yet lethal mistakes that turn off clients before they got the chance to learn about freelancer’s ingenuity.  Below are some of those mistakes: Not reading my post before you reply to it.  Your three page long template proposal will get you in a recycle been faster than anything else.  At least adjust your opening statement, show me that you read the post… Not using proper grammar and spelling.  English is my second language and still work in progress; I still straggle with grammar myself, yet many responses I see push that envelope way too far.  Grammatically poor introduction screams in my face “Communicating with this freelancer will be a real pain!” Spelling mistakes are even worse – how can I entrust my project to someone who doesn’t even make an effort to turn on a spellchecker? Talking with me like I am a teenager.  Your slang (especially when combined with ESL marvels) comes across as complete lack of intelligence and class.  By the way, spellchecker is not likely to recognize … Read Full Article

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Provider Spotlight (March 2009)

March 24, 2009 by

Each month we like to highlight 4 providers who’ve received exemplary feedback. Great job Denise, Fahd, Des, and Agus — you’ve earned this!   Denise R Excellent Writer & Editor. I only do top quality work. Total oDesk Hours: 63 Overall Feedback: 4.94 (Based on 8 feedbacks) Comments: “Pays attention to detail, above and beyond!” Fahd M (Universal Coders) Web Application Developer,Wordpress/Joomla/Drupal Expert Total oDesk Hours: 164 Overall Feedback: 5.0 (Based on 5 feedbacks) Comments: “He was absolutely exceptional in every way. The quality of his code is excellent, and his determination to solve problems second to none.” Des M **Email Marketing**Data Entry**Virtual Asst**Web Researcher** Total oDesk Hours: 263 Overall Feedback: 4.91 (Based on 12 feedbacks) Comments: “She increased my lead traffic within her first 24 hours and has increased our social network. She has a fun personality and does what needs to be done.” Agus R Professional Graphic Designer with Tons of Creative Ideas Total oDesk Hours: 992 Overall Feedback: 4.94 (Based on 16 feedbacks) Comments: “Agus does amazing work in a timely and economical fashion. He is our preferred provider.” Spotlight Providers must have earned a 4.5+ feedback score with a glowing comment on an assignment in the past month, have a 4.0+ overall feedback score, an impressive profile, and a high quality individual portrait (not too blurry, no avatars). Only oDesk Ready public profiles are eligible. Read Full Article

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Round of Applause (March 2009)

March 24, 2009 by

1023 providers from 60 countries, including Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, and the Czech Republic got their first jobs in the last month. These 1023 providers have already racked up 33,749 oDesk hours and over $306,918 in just one month. Congrats to the providers who landed their first jobs in the February! Want to get in on the earning action? Get oDesk Ready, fill out your profile, and apply to job openings! … Read Full Article

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Buzzworthy (March 2009)

March 23, 2009 by

Have you heard the buzz? Let’s take a look at the latest online discussion of oDesk. Our favorite oDesk-related blog post this month is Rebecca Hayden’s explanation of how she fell into oDesk, from being motivated to sign up to please one client to letting her “oDesk days” expand until they were the source of most of her earnings. Who else said something buzzworthy? Daniel Gansle offers a step-by-step explanation of how oDesk works that’s perfect for sharing with anyone you need to make understand how our workteam marketplace works. Jeremy Martin takes on some criticism of oDesk — the difficulty of competing against providers in countries with much lower costs of living — and talks about how he has taken action to get jobs and steadily increase his rate, rather than sitting around moping about it. Abel Mohler presents his tale of oDesk success, which he sums up best here: “Yes, I never write invoices. I have a service which does all of that for me. I never take money up-front, am always paid on time, every week, and do everything by the hour. In addition, I am pretty much free to set my own hours. Also, despite the current economic slowdown, my earnings have increased, and my future prospects seem bright.” And over at Drupal.org, they announce the formation of the oDesk Drupal Group. Get the full lowdown from the Drupal site. Thanks to everyone who posts about their oDesk experience (for a shot at a T-shirt, send your link to buzz@odesk.com!), and here’s hoping all our prospects stay bright! Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter. Upload a photo of your … Read Full Article

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You don’t have to be in one location…

March 20, 2009 by

…to make great music or do great work. Stand By Me | Song Around The World from Concord Music Group on Vimeo. We stumbled across this clip from the award-winning documentary, “Playing for Change: Peace through music,” and immediately connected with it, as we feel it speaks to our mission at oDesk.  It’s a cover of  the Ben E. King classic “Stand by Me,” by musicians around the world adding their part.  Every day, we have the privilege of bringing remote workers together to collaborate on oDesk, and seeing amazing products come out of it.  Enjoy! … Read Full Article

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Message-Center Interviewing

March 19, 2009 by

Historically, interviews have happened outside the system – when you “interviewed” someone, oDesk just gave you their email address and Yahoo! ID. We left it to you to connect with them, and then come back in the system to make the hire. Not the ideal system: Both sides had to divulge their contact information immediately Interview communication happened outside the system, leaving no record about what was agreed to It was just clunky! Now, when the buyer clicks “interview”, they are prompted to “send a message”. The ensuing interview messages are private and take place in the oDesk Message Center – you’ll exchange contact info if and when you want to chat or talk via phone. We hope this will make the interview process easier and safer for all our users. Questions? Comments? Concerns? Please let us know what you think in the forum. Read Full Article

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Python gaining on Ruby

March 19, 2009 by

Web 2.0 is still quite the wild frontier, and it’s not always clear which horse you should back in any race.  Take programming languages; Ruby has been dominating Python for some time now.  Things, however, may be changing.  Google recently chose to support Python first for the Google App Engine, and our trends seem to show this fight isn’t over yet. Ruby is a dynamic, reflective general purpose object-oriented language designed in Japan.  It supports multiple programming paradigms, and combines syntax inspired by Perl with Small-talk like features.  Founder Yukihiro Matsumoto “wanted a language that was more powerful than Perl, and more object-oriented than Python,” so he developed Ruby. Python is another multi-paradigm language conceived in the Netherlands.  Simplicity and flexibility are central to the design of Python.  Python was designed to encourage the creation of extensions, rather than having everything built into the language core, allowing programmers to customize it. Until recently, Ruby has been greatly outpacing Python.  Our oDesk job data shows that a year ago, Ruby jobs outnumbered Python jobs four-to-one.  Today, that lead has dropped to approximately two-to-one. There are 1,838 Ruby programmers and 1,175 Python programmers on oDesk. One possible reason for Python’s recent surge is Google’s choice of Python for implementing its Google App Engine applications.  Google’s App Engine allows you to run web applications on Google’s infrastructure, giving you stability and reliability, and also allowing you to utilize things like Google accounts. The momentum appears to be with Python for now, and is likely to stay that way so long as Google favors the language. And since Python’s author, Guido van Rossum, works at Google, that’s not likely to change soon.  This fight’s not over, as Python clearly has a lot of ground to make up on Ruby.  But … Read Full Article

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New oDesk blog widget

March 18, 2009 by

Like our content & want to share with your own communities?  We’re excited to announce our new oDesk blog widget, which you can embed into: Social Networks: MySpace Facebook Ning Blogs: Blogger Typepad WordPress LiveJournal Other: Multiply iGoogle Netvibes Confluence Click on “Get Widget” and then “More” for the embed codes.  Enjoy! … Read Full Article